MSO7088 - Bronze Age barrow on Horsen Ridge (Monument)

Summary

A Bronze Age barrow noted during field survey may or may not be the same barrow visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs taken in 1973. Both were recorded as a well defined, flat topped circular mound with a central hollow.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 7822 3715 on Horsen Ridge, on ground falling slightly northeastwards, is a prehistoric barrow. It is a well defined, moss covered, flat topped, circular mound 6.2 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. The summit has been disturbed by a central hollow 0.9 metres square and 0.2 metres deep. [1-3] A prehistoric round barrow, of probable Bronze Age date, is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork close to the summit of Exmoor, Horsen. Centred at approximately SS 7787 3709, the barrow measures some 6 metres in diameter, and according to the Somerset Historic Environment Record, up to 0.5 metres high. The HER also reports that the summit has been disturbed, leaving a central hollow measuring 0.9 metres square and 0.2 metres deep. [4-6] There appears to be some confusion in relation to this barrow. There are two records that have been merged into this record that have originated from Pastscape; one [3] includes details of a field survey [2] and gives a grid reference of SS 7822 3715, whereas the National Mapping Project survey [5] is referred to in [6] and gives a grid reference of SS 7787 3709. Both records, however, refer to a similarly proportioned barrow with an identical central hollow. It is not clear whether [6] has confused the barrow originally recorded by the RCHME survey with a separate barrow, or if it was previously mislocated. [7] This barrow was mentioned in a report produced by Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project following a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Deer Park. [8] A barrow is depicted on 2018 MasterMap data at SS 7788 3709, corresponding with the location provided by the National Mapping Project [5]. No features are depicted at the location given by the RCHME Field Investigation [2]. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Survey: McDonnell, R. 1993, 1994. Archaeological Survey for Exmoor National Park. Field record number 235.
  • <2>XY Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 20 December 1994. [Mapped feature: #46497 Barrow location from GPS, ]
  • <3> Archive: English Heritage. National Monuments Record / AMIE / Monarch entry - viewable via Pastscape. Monument reference 1029914.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73087 556-57 (17 April 1973).
  • <5> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190.
  • <6> Archive: English Heritage. National Monuments Record / AMIE / Monarch entry - viewable via Pastscape. Monument reference 1487572.
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 4 February 2020.
  • <8> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Archaeological walkover surveys on Deer Park, Exmoor. 10, 16, 18.
  • <9>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #46499 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7804 3711 (346m by 67m)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO2946
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12553
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE149
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE78
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1029914
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1487572
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35755

Record last edited

Feb 4 2020 3:27PM

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